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Ex-Putin aide 'paralysed in hospital and unable to close eyes' after 'poisoning'

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Vladimir Putin's former aide has been pictured in hospital partially paralysed and unable to close his eyes amid rumours of a possible poisoning.

Anatoly Chubais, 67, was once the Kremlin's chief-of-staff and Russia's deputy prime minister. He is the most high profile Russian official to quit their job over the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, and has now been taken ill in a hospital in Sardinia, Italy.READ MORE: Russian state TV begs Kremlin to fire 'unstoppable' Satan-2 rockets in 'path to big war'Yesterday (August 3) his condition was formally diagnosed as Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can be life-threatening.

However, reports suggest Italian secret services have launched a probe into his illness. Chubais has also been visited by an Italian prosecutor.According to journalist and ex-presidential election candidate Ksenia Sobchak, specialists in hazmat suits have checked the location where he fell ill.

This comes after several instances of Putin's enemies dying in suspicious circumstances, with fears among Western intelligence services that Russia has tried to create toxins that mimic real diseases.

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